EXPLORING JUDAISM 5780: Sept. 2019 – July 2020 led by Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah FOR THE LAST TIME

Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue www.bhps-online.org FB & T: @BHPS2011

 

EXPLORING JUDAISM is OPEN TO ALL those who wish to broaden and deepen their Jewish knowledge.

The curriculum draws on Jewish texts (e.g. Torah, TaNaKH, Mishnah, Talmud, Siddur & Machzor) and includes an exploration of the differences between Liberal Judaism and other Jewish denominations. The course includes the festivals and commemorative days as they come up (the date of the eve of each festival is indicated in bold).

Classes are held on Shabbat (Saturday), 2.15-3.45pm, after the Access to Hebrew class (1-2pm)

UNIT 1: AUTUMN FESTIVALS

1.    07.09.19Elul & S’lichot​​​​​​​(S’lichot: 21.09)

2.    14.09 Rosh Ha-Shanah​​​​​​(Erev Rosh Ha-Shanah: 29.09)

3.    21.09Yom Kippur​​​​​​​(Erev Yom Kippur: 08.10)

4.    28.09Sukkot ​​​​​​​​(Erev Sukkot: 13.10)

5.    05.10Simchat Torah​​​​​​​(Erev Simchat Torah: 20.10)

UNIT 2: JEWISH TEACHINGS

6.    12.10 What is Judaism?

7.    19.10God

8.    26.10Torah I

PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES on 02.11

9.    09.11Torah II

10. 16.11Israel: People, Covenant & Land

11.  23.11​​Humanity, World & Tikkun Olam

12.  30.11​ ​What is Liberal Judaism?

UNIT 3: DOING JUDAISM

13.  07.12Tz’dakah & G’milut Chasadim

14.  14.12Chanukkah ​​​​​​​(1st Chanukkah candle: 22.12)

PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES on 21.12 & 28.12 (SHABBAT CHANUKKAH)

15.  04.01.20Finding your way through the Siddur

16.  11.01Finding your way through the Chumash

17.  18.01Kippah, Tallit & T’fillin​​

18.  25.01M’zuzah, Kashrut & Jewish Particularity

PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES on 01.02

19.  08.02   IN PLACE OF CLASSES: TU BISHVAT SEDER, 1-2.30​​(Erev Tu Bishvat: 09.02)        

UNIT 4: THE CALENDAR

20.  15.02 The Calendar, the cycle of the months

21.  22.02            Shabbat I: In the Torah & the Halakhah

22.  29.02Shabbat II: Liturgy and rituals

23.  07.03Purim​​​​​​​​(Erev Purim: 09.03)

24.  14.03Shabbat III: Towards a Liberal Jewish approach to ‘keeping Shabbat’

25.  21.03Pesach I: Pesach in the Torah ​​​​​(Erev Pesach & Seder: 08.04)

26.  28.03Pesach II: The Haggadah & the Seder​​

PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES on 04.04

27.  11.04Omer Period I & Yom Ha-Sho’ah ​​​​(Erev Yom Ha-Sho’ah: 20.04)

28.  18.04            Omer Period II: Yom Ha-Atzma’ut & Lag Ba-Omer​​(Erev Yom Ha-Atzma’ut: 28.04)

UNIT 5: FROM LIFE TO DEATH

29.  25.04Birth

30.  02.05Bar/Bat/B’ Mitzvah & Kabbalat Torah

31.  09.05Kiddushin: Marriage

32. 16.05Divorce

33.  23.05Shavuot

29.05IN PLACE OF CLASSES ON 30.05: ALL-NIGHT SHAVUOT STUDY MARATHON (Eve 29 – Morn 30)

PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES on 06.06

34.  13.06Death & Mourning

35. 20.06Choosing Judaism & Mixed Faith Partnerships and Families

UNIT 6: JEWISH HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

36.  27.06Jewish History & Geography I

37.  04.07Jewish History & Geography II

38. 11.07 Tishah B’Av & Jewish Memory ​​​​​(Erev Tishah B’Av: 29.07)

39.  18.07SIYYUM: END OF EXPLORING JUDAISM WITH RABBI ELLI – CLOSING CELEBRATION

PLEASE SEE GLOSSARY OF HEBREW TERMS USED IN EXP. JUD. COURSE OUTLINE (on the back)